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Barnard Adjuncts Just Showed Us All Why It’s Time for the $25K Manifesto

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We all know that $10,000 per course is a giant step closer to equal pay for equal work than $5K per course. We also know that $15,000-$25,000 per course would be equal pay at most two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities. However, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. That’s the lesson Barnard’s UAW faculty union affiliate has taught all of higher education.

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Student Letters of Rec Written By Adjuncts Open Fewer Doors

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I explained to my student that, because I am an adjunct, rather than a tenure-track professor, my recommendation would carry no weight in helping him get into a graduate program. I told him that he should be looking instead for recommendations from tenured or tenure-track professors.

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Why Adjuncts Shouldn’t Need Ph.D.s

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by Jonathan Rick When hiring a professor, nearly every college uses commonly agreed-upon criteria. Among these, perhaps the most important is whether the applicant has a graduate degree. On one hand, credentials are a critical part of a school’s brand. Given that students are paying an arm and a leg for tuition, it’s helpful when […]

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The Extra Credit Experiment

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by Laura Yeager I tried something new last semester in College Writing I–extra credit.  I’ve never offered extra credit points in a college class before (I thought it was kind of babyish), but this year, I decided to try it.  And after doing it once, I don’t think I’ll repeat the process. I wanted to shake […]

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How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)

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by P.D. Lesko What are the most credible methods and evaluative tools to use when deciding whether to rehire an adjunct faculty member? This is a question that should be asked by hundreds of thousands of college administrators nationwide. Instead, what we get are lazy administrators content to have adjunct faculty evaluations done by the least credible method by the least reliable evaluators: […]

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Want to Break into Online Learning? Try These Tips

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Online teaching can seem like a great gig. The convenience and flexibility afforded by online delivery is a draw for students and instructors alike. But, finding online teaching jobs seems to be getting more challenging. It’s an unusual situation to see that even though the number of positions increases, there is more competition as the […]

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10 Things Teaching Online Has Taught Me

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Michelle Everson I celebrated an anniversary recently. It’s been five years since I taught my first online course. When I first started to think about teaching online, I realized I had a lot to learn. I had never been an online student, nor did I know much about distance education. I just knew I wanted […]

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Adjuncts & Scholarship: An Interview

Sherry Engstrom teaches as an adjunct at the College of Lake County.

by Olivia Baxter Sherry Engstrom, an Adjunct Humanities Instructor at the College of Lake County, was a 2016 Striving for Excellence Adjunct Scholarship Winner. She was presented the opportunity to attend and speak at a panel discussion at the 2016 NISOD Conference in Austin, TX. Sherry talks about the importance of scholarship to adjunct faculty, […]

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Plagiarism vs. Originality: Why I [Heart] Melania Trump

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by Diane M. Rubino When I first I started teaching, I knew what plagiarism meant and how it related to schoolwork. But student “cheaters” challenged my beliefs. I also assumed graduate student would submit original work. So it took me by surprise when I noticed a mysterious improvement in one student’s writing capacity, well beyond […]

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Call Me Adjunct

Life as divine comedy: In a single day we can hear from a community college student bemoaning Alice Walker’s choice of the color purple or a military student calling Hamlet a “pussy” for taking the entire play to kill Claudius. In that same day, we can read an essay from a university student detailing what, exactly, those Bronte sisters really did with that Moor.

While all higher educational institutions resemble each other on the surface, each one is bizarre in its own unique way. Universities, for example, make a big production of registering us, completing stacks of paperwork, background checks, fingerprinting, and the like. All this occurs while we carefully navigate Charybdis and Scylla to show a lively interest in the position without exhibiting the desire, or worse, the assumption, that we will be asked to return next semester.

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  • Adjuncts Rally for Union at Temple University

    by Rosella Eleanor LaFevre The Adjunct Organizing Committee, a group that aims to unionize Temple’s part-time faculty, declared the week of Nov. 16th Adjunct Awareness Week. Members of the committee stood at the Bell Tower around noon every day through Nov. 20th. The AOC has worked for several years to unionize adjuncts. Its goals are […]

  • SEIU Wins Vote of Loyola’s 326 Adjunct Faculty—College Officials “Disappointed”

    by Linze Rice Adjunct professors at Loyola University “overwhelmingly” voted in favor to unionize Wednesday at a meeting with the National Labor Relations Board. Of 326 faculty members eligible to vote, 224 did — and 63 percent of those voters agreed to join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. “Our victory today represents a […]

  • PTers Pursuing Unemployment in Work-For-Hire States

    by Carol Biliczky April Freely’s part-time teaching job at the University of Akron ended in May. So she did the previously unthinkable: She filed for unemployment compensation. She’s among a seemingly growing number of part-time faculty in Ohio who are pursuing state aid after spring semester ends and before the fall one begins. The quixotic […]

  • Handling Disruptive Students

    Untitled Document by John McIntosh All behaviors that interfere with teaching and learning in the classroom can be considered to be disruptive. Disruptive behavior can be repeated small actions or a single major event. Here are some strategies for minimizing and coping with behavior that may make instructors feel uneasy, annoyed, or threatened: Know your […]

  • The Student Body: Short Stories About College Students and Professors

    by Vicki Urquhart If ever a book cover belied its contents The Student Body: Short Stories About College Students and Professors does. Don’ t be put off by the title and the unfortunate choice of headless torsos used as cover art. Beyond these obstacles is a collection of funny, sad, sardonic, self-effacing, and tender tales. […]

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